Call for Applicants: STI Expert Partnership Speaker Series

January 9, 2014

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) seeks new candidates for the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Expert Partnership speaker series. The speaker series connects the U.S. State Department and overseas embassies with U.S. scientific organizations to encourage discussion of shared global challenges in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


AGI was selected as a partner for its unique role as a federation of prominent geoscience societies. The STI Expert Partnership wishes to draw upon this pool of expertise to help engage embassies and local populations around the world in science diplomacy. So far through the help and participation of our Member Societies, AGI has successfully completed programs in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Russia.


For those scientists already scheduled for travel abroad, the speaker series will provide additional opportunities to engage foreign audiences within the region of travel. These programs may include presentations, lectures or seminars for foreign audiences, and meetings with key individuals in leadership or media positions. Please note that the program does not provide support for those scientists not already traveling abroad.


The STI Expert Partnership speaker series looks for dynamic and versatile candidates from your membership with strong communication skills who can effectively engage foreign audiences about not only their research but also broader societal issues, including STEM education, women in science, and the importance of the scientific peer review process. The State Department and the U.S. embassies will then work to match a traveling scientist with an appropriate embassy. Those interested in applying should have a concrete idea of the dates they will be traveling before applying. Please note that applying to the program does not guarantee participation. Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis.


Other acting partners include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the American Mathematical Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the National Academy of Sciences, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Contact: Abigail Seadler []